Sophie Lacaze

(born in Lourdes, France, 1963), composer. She received the Composition Prize of the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. Afterwards, she studied with Franco Donatoni and Ennio Morricone at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena (Italy) and attended Pierre Boulez's courses in College de France. She also engaged in music theatre with Georges Aperghis at the Centre Acanthes. Her compositions, which range from works for solo instruments to chamber and orchestral music, with also two chamber operas and works with tape, are regularly performed in more than 20 countries and appear on several CDs, such as "Souffles" (Editions de l'Astronome, France, 2012 – works for winds and narrator, Alain Carre soloist) and “Sophie Lacaze – Works with flutes” (SOLAL, Germany, 2009 – with Pierre-Yves Artaud as the soloist). In 2012, MEZZO TV broadcast a short documentary film “Sophie Lacaze, composer” (Mezzo Compo series), and French magazine Traversieres published an article about her music for flute (n.104, Oct 2012). Unsubdued but attentive to musical trends and schools, Sophie Lacaze has developed an original aesthetic that takes into account the current research on sound while looking to restore music to its primary functions, ie. ritual, incantation, dance, and its links with nature.
Selected works: Voyelles, for flute, 1993; Broken Words, for flute and string trio, 2000; Histoire sans paroles, for violin, cello and piano, 2002; Het Lam Gods, for string quartet, 2005; Dreaming, chamber opera for actor, two singers, didgeridoo, flute, cello and percussion instruments, 2005, rev. 2010; L’espace et la flute – variations sur des textes de Jean Tardieu, for narrator and flute ensemble, 2009; Il pleut des voix de femmes, for women’s choir, 2010; En Quête, for narrator, mezzo-soprano, alt-saxophone and piano, 2012; Apres avoir contemple la lune, for orchestra, 2012; Ukiyo-e, for Martenot waves and flute ensemble, 2013.
Recordings: Musiques françaises du XXe siècle, REM (France), 1996; En Quête, Galun Records (France – Australia), 2000, monographic CD; Aperto (Re)Forms, Gaudeamus (Roumania), 2000; Plurielles, Maguelone (France), 2004; Cosmogonies, Galun Records (France – Australia), 2005; Works with flutes, SOLAL (Germany), 2008, monographic CD;
Encounters / Rencontre, AF Adelaide (Australia), 2012; Souffles, Les Editions de l'Astronome (France), 2012, monographic CD.
Awards: 2009, the Grand Prix Lyceen des Compositeurs (2009) for "Les quatre Eléments", concerto for flute, children choir and small percussion instruments; 2010, the Claude Arrieu Prize of the SACEM for her body of work; 2012, laureate of the association Beaumarchais – SACD.